Oh wow ashley that sounds awful! I am still just sitting around at home so I can only imagine! Yesterday and last night I was really swollen and engorged. So painful. This morning I practically begged DS to nurse just to relieve some of the pain. DD nurses great but it seems my body just over produces a bit and then calms down. DS had decreased his interest in nursing and is just more into life itself. I am not ready for him to wean but if it is what he wants to do naturally, that is how I wanted it to go anyway.
DD is a little yellow which has me watching her vigilantly. She is more awake than she was even yesterday and does seem to be a little less yellow today. Her poops are awesome and she wakes up to nurse even more frequently now. I am just wanting to make sure I take care of her you know?
My bleeding is very minimal now which seems really weird to me since I bled heavily with DS for at least 3 weeks and then continued varying amounts until 10 weeks. I feel so much better than I did after him too but I have hit the emotional roller coaster stuff. Anyone wearing a postpartum support belt? I am this time and it makes moving around feel so much better. I just don't know how long you wear it?
I had a weird/scary thing happen Sunday night into Monday morning. I woke up freezing and wracked with chills. I almost couldn't wake DH because my body was shaking so bad. He was able to warm me up but I felt really weak and like I was going to pass out. No fever, no bleeding more than what I had before. I couldn't really communicate well and my pulse was really slow and weak. Eventually, my sister, DH, and my mom all got me out of bed so I could pee. For some reason I really needed to as well. I felt a little better after peeing and my heart rate was better. My sister had been on the phone with the mw and she wanted me to eat a lot of salt and sugar and drink a lot. I did all of those things, yay for a 3am food party, and felt better but just tired and weak. I had night sweats overnight but they were just normal. The next morning it was as if it didn't even happen. My mw checked my iron levels the next day which are normal. Ultimately, she thinks it was a combination of hormonal swings with my milk coming in, not eating enough and drinking enough, and maybe something else. It was horrible and weird but isolated and I have felt pretty great since.
Rosie- sorry that your cs was rough on your belly, I hope the bruising gets better quickly and you can just enjoy your little man.
chiro- I don't have much to add because everyone else gave great advice, hope the pumping goes well, I was not a huge producer for pumping, it always worked better if I could pump one side while nursing the baby on the other.
Thursday- I don't know how people with more than one other kid don't overdo it, I hope you are getting some good rest. I still keep thinking about how sweet your birth story was.